5 Detroit Must-Do Winter Activities

January 14th, 2019 by

During the short, cold days of winter in Detroit, you may be stuck for ways to entertain yourself and your family. However, here are five activities, both inside and out, to bring you a little winter sparkle.

Ice Skating in Campus Martius Park

Right in the middle of downtown is the little gem of Campus Martius Park. There are many events in the park throughout the year, but it lights up and really comes to life in the winter with one of the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Detroit. The rink is open seven days a week from mid-November through March 3. Skate rental is available, as is a shoe check and skate sharpening service for an additional fee.

Feather Bowling or Fowling

If you like to try different sports, feather bowling at the Cadieux Café might be for you. Originally a Belgian pastime, teams use balls resembling wheels of cheese, which they roll down a dirt lane attempting to get as close as possible to a feather sticking up from the lane around sixty feet away.

The Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck is home to the sport of fowling, in which teams use a football to knock down their opponents 10 pins before their own pins are scattered. You can reserve a lane for your own party or join in with open play. 

The Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation immerses you in the stories of America’s greatest advancements. From racing cars to manned flight and civil rights to computers, there is something here to engage everyone.

In the Greenfield Village, you can explore over 80 acres, experiencing the sights and sounds of the history of American life. Take a ride in a Model T Ford and see artisan craftspeople at work.

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour will take you from the origins of the production line to 21st-century car-making technology. See how the Ford F-150, one of America’s best-loved trucks, is made. This is a great way to spend a winter’s day.

Detroit Zoo

You might not think of the zoo as a winter activity, but Detroit Zoo has so much to offer. Through the end of December, there’s a simulated ice skating rink. The Science on a Sphere exhibit uses computers and video projectors to display dynamic simulations of Earth on a six-foot sphere to educate young and old alike about our planet.

There are around 2,000 animals at the zoo, and you can see firsthand the results of the Detroit Zoological Society’s rescue and conservation programs. There is also the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center where you watch the penguins from the underwater gallery.

The Motown Museum

Discover the story of Motown Records through an array of artifacts and memorabilia. Stand in Studio A where some of the most famous music was recorded, and visit the apartment where Berry Gordy lived in the early days of the company.

These are just a few of the winter activities available in Detroit for you to try.

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